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Innovation Showcase


Innovation is the lifeblood of a dynamic water sector.  WEF is committed to Innovation.  It is in WEF’s Strategic Direction and it is here to stay.  You can see that mind-set manifested at WEFTEC.  We are all about thinking differently, facilitating conversations that transform ideas into solutions, and making new connections to help you turn challenges into accomplishments.

 

The Innovation Pavilion

Come and see cutting-edge products and services brought to you by WEF and our innovation partners, Imagine H20 and BlueTech Research. Featured exhibitors include finalists and winners of the Imagine H2O Water Innovation Prize and the 2014 BlueTech Forum Showcase. The theater in the Pavilion includes exciting programs and discussions about innovative ideas, businesses and practices.

The Innovation Showcase next to the WEF Innovation Pavilion includes the Wisconsin Innovation Pavilion, with the entrepreneurs from Milwaukee’s The Water Council’s BREW Accelerator exhibiting. The Showcase also features GNO Inc., highlighting the winners of the New Orleans Water Challenge, the Water Environment Research Foundation, and Kore Infrastructure (2012 EPA Green Chemistry winner).
 

Educational Sessions


The Innovation Showcase includes several forward-looking educational sessions relevant to utilities, investors, strategic partners, entrepreneurs, and technology providers.  Check the mobile app for the final details of these sessions and others in the innovation track.

The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Series 

EPA and WEF are convening working sessions throughout WEFTEC to address key questions about how WEF and its members can foster water sustainability and influence and support the EPA’s Water Technology Innovation Blueprint. This is an opportunity for WEFTEC attendees to have an early and ongoing influence in water. The following The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Series sessions will be held in the Innovation Pavilion:

Session 233 Energy Conservation & Recovery: The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Area 1
Monday, September 29, 2014, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Session 234 Recovering Nutrients: The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Area 2 

Monday, September 29, 2014, 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Session 235 Water Reuse: The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Area 4 

Monday, September 29, 2014, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 620 EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint: Pulling it All Together – Sustainability
 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 


Innovation Pavilion Programming


Session 109 Exclusive Access to Water Start-ups: Guided Tour of the Innovation Pavilion
Monday, September 29, 10:00 am-10:30 am, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: S. Bryan

Whether you are a municipality, manufacturer, investment professional, or engineer, this exclusive access will give an overview of the award-winning companies. Be on the cutting edge of technology development, learn new ideas, identify partner possibilities, and evaluate investment potential.

Session 110 Water Entrepreneur Showcase I: What’s BREWing in Milwaukee?
Monday, September 29, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: E. Thelen

Water innovation clusters are helping companies innovate and commercialize water technology, while stimulating economic development and job creation. The BREW, which stands for Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. In Wisconsin., is the only mentor-driven seed accelerator program solely focused on solving freshwater issues with innovative startups producing cutting-edge technology. This session features the current winners. After a comprehensive application and judging process, six entrepreneurs and their respective businesses were chosen to participate in the second year of the accelerator program, including 2 that also won the Imagine H2O Competition:

• Cadens – A Wisconsin-based company that assists in the design, manufacture, installation, and operation of economical small and micro-scale hydropower systems
• Pellucid Water - Out of UW-Madison, the company focuses on decontamination of water through its unique application. They are able to remove dissolved chemicals from water and other solutions.
• Hydrolight – A patented water sterilization device that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to eliminate bacteria, viruses and protozoa from freshwater sources.
• phinding Solutions – A biotechnology water company that wirelessly measures and transfers the ionic levels of water, through a patent pending technology, improving productivity while reducing associated costs.
• WatrHub, Inc. (also Imagine H2O Winner) – An award winning Data & Analytics company delivering timely, tailored market intelligence solutions which help technology providers in the water industry shorten their sales cycles, target prospects more efficiently, and uncover strategic market insights.
• WelIntel (also Imagine H2O Winner) – A real-time understanding of well and surrounding water table dynamics, provided through constant measuring and reporting of water levels on a private website or app.
• Ijinus – (Honorable Mention) - A French company that offers autonomous ultrasonic level sensors.

Session 233 Energy Conservation and Recovery: The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Series
Monday, September 29, 1:00 pm-1:30 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: E. McCormick

“Imagine a future when water, wastewater and agricultural activities can cost-effectively generate as much energy as they consume!” Come to the session to give feedback to EPA on this area of the Water Technology Innovation Blueprint. This is your opportunity to have early input on behalf of the industry on this important topic.

Session 234 Recovering Nutrients: The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Series
Monday, September 29, 1:30 pm-2:00 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: C. Hornback

“Imagine if we could recover nutrients from human and animal wastes and convert them into marketable commodities before they negatively impact surface and ground water!” Come to the session to give feedback to EPA on this area of the Water Technology Innovation Blueprint. This is your opportunity to have early input on behalf of the industry on this important topic.

Session 235 Water Reuse: The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Series
Monday, September 29, 2:00 pm-2:30 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: M. Meeker

“Imagine if we could increase water reuse to support the water needs of our burgeoning population!” Come to the session to give feedback to EPA on this area of the Water Technology Innovation Blueprint. This is your opportunity to have early input on behalf of the industry on this important topic.

Session 236 Water Entrepreneur Showcase II: WEF’s Innovative Technology Award Winners
Monday, September 29, 2:45 pm-3:45 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: A. Mackie
Assistant Moderator: B. Domkowski

WEF’s award for Innovative Technology recognizes companies that have introduced new innovative products and services. The winners will present their ingenious ideas and new products and let you learn directly from the source. This year’s Innovative Technology Award winners cover a broad spectrum of technologies including lagoons, energy recovery, energy efficiency, and water quality sampling. Below are the descriptions and speakers from the winners of the 2014 WEF Innovative Technology Award:

Webitat for Lagoons
S. Hubbell, Entex Technologies
Lagoons have traditionally been low tech treatment facilities. Entex Technologies Webitat brings modular units with aeration and surface area for attached growth to enhance BOD and ammonia removal and improve the overall performance of a lagoon.

Thermwin Energy Recovery from Wastewater
TR Gregg, Huber Technology
Embedded within wastewater is five times the amount of energy that is needed to treat it. Unfortunately, 80 percent of this amount is in low grade thermal energy. The Thermwin systems from Huber can effectively recover this heat out in the sewer system and put it to good use.

WAVE – Water Analysis via Exploration
D.M. Anderson, IEC
Water quality sampling of large bodies of water like rivers, lakes, and oceans can take months and the conditions will have changed by the time analysis is completed. The WAVE sampling system allows real time, GPS based sampling of 22 parameters from a boat at speeds up to 40 miles per hour, increasing response times by an order of magnitude.

Flygt Experior Pumps
L. Riles, Xylem
Pumping can use a significant amount of energy within a WRRF. The Flygt Experior variable speed pump can save up to 50 percent energy use, while proving a clog free design, also minimizing maintenance.

Session 237 Exclusive Access to Water Start-ups: Guided Tour of the Innovation Pavilion
Monday, September 29, 3:30 pm-4:00 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: P. O’Callahan

Whether you are a municipality, manufacturer, investment professional, or engineer, this exclusive access will give an overview of the award-winning companies. Be on the cutting edge of technology development, learn new ideas, identify partner possibilities, and evaluate investment potential.

Session 238 Water Innovation in the Beverage Industry: Market Dynamics, Case Studies, and Technology Opportunities
Monday, September 29, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: T. Algeo

This session will feature a high-level analysis of the role water plays within the beverage industry, including case studies, market overview and developments, and key areas of innovation. Paul Bowen, Director of Sustainable Operations, will discuss the current sustainability practices at The Coca-Cola Company, as well as future directions for water reuse and conservation. BlueTech Research will present the innovation landscape on water within the beverage sector, covering key technology trends and opportunities, and areas for investment. This session will conclude with an innovation spotlight on Cambrian Innovations and Nutrinsic, who will present on their innovative technologies and their potential to disrupt the beverage industry.


Session 240 Smart Water Infrastructure for Sustainability
Monday, September 29, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm, Exhibit Hall Booth 3301
Moderators: C. Kransler, T. Pechet

From Smart Water Grids to sustainable pipe manufacturing, this session will share advances in sustainability in the distribution, collection, and conveyance systems. Presenters are:

Sustainable Wastewater Technology: Manufacturing Processes and Corporate Social Responsibility
M. Costello

Smart Water Grids: Roadmap Towards Secure and Interoperable Systems
A. Hauser

How Is Technology Changing Sustainability in the Water Utility Industry?
G. Waltman


Session 330 Water Entrepreneur Showcase III: BlueTech Research Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, September 30, 9:00 am-9:45 am, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: J. Guild

This session features winners from 2014 BlueTech Awards who will explain their groundbreaking water solutions. Come see the water industry of tomorrow through these imaginative, creative, and award-winning products. This session will also be streamed via Google+ Hangouts on air.

Puralytics (Beaverton, Oregon) developed a photochemical water purification process that uses only light energy either from LEDs or sunlight to activate an advanced nanotechnology coated mesh.

Cerahelix (Orono, Maine) produces a patented ceramic nanofiltration membrane (helix-NFM™) for high purity separations under harsh operating conditions.

OxyMem (Athlone, Ireland) produces a Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) whose bubbleless aeration system reduces the biggest consumable of the wastewater industry – energy.

Session 331 Water Entrepreneur Showcase IV: Imagine H2O Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, September 30, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: S. Bryan

This session features winners from Imagine H2O accelerator who will explain their groundbreaking water solutions. Come see the water industry of tomorrow through these imaginative, creative, and award-winning products. This session will also be streamed via Google+ Hangouts on air.

BioGill (Sydney, Australia) uses above ground, non-submerged bioreactors that provide the ideal oxygen rich environment for microoganisms to thrive and break down nutrients in the waste stream. BioGills are helping businesses achieve regulated discharge standards at low cost and low energy.

Silver Bullet Water Treatment Company (Denver, CO) provides a safe, proven and patented water treatment system for HVAC cooling towers and livestock drinking water systems that controls bacterial growth and reduces calcium scale buildup and corrosion.

WatrHub Inc. (Toronto, Ontario) is an award-winning Data & Analytics company delivering timely, tailored market intelligence solutions which help technology providers in the water industry shorten their sales cycles, target prospects more efficiently, and uncover strategic market insights.

Wellntel (Shorewood, WI) A real-time understanding of well and surrounding water table dynamics provided through constant measuring and reporting of water levels on a private website or app.

OndaVia (Hayward, CA) delivers a fast, laboratory accurate, microfluidics-based water analysis system that enables real-time, trace-level chemical analysis. Using Ondavia’s portable instrument and analyte-specific, consumable cartridges, users can measure water contaminants down to part-per-billion levels on-site, in under five minutes.

WaterSmart Software (San Francisco, CA) provides engagement solutions that save water and money and transforms meter data into an effective water conservation and customer engagement program.


Session 336 Water in the Textile Industry: Market Dynamics, Case Studies, and Technology Innovation Opportunities
Tuesday, September 30, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: M.O. Gay

This session will analyze the role industrial water plays within the textile industry, including commercial perspectives, case studies, market analyses, and key areas of technology innovation. Disruptive technology provider DyeCoo will discuss its recent strategic alliance with Nike to minimize water usage and its impact on the textile industry. Nike recently opened a water-free dying facility that incorporates DyeCoo’s supercritical carbon dioxide equipment at Nike’s Taiwanese contract manufacturer. BlueTech Research will provide a high-level overview on the innovation landscape in the textile industry, focusing on key market trends and developments, and areas for investment. This session will conclude with an innovation spotlight on CO2 Nexus, who will discuss its innovative technology, which substitutes carbon dioxide for conventional water and chemical based methods in the textile industry.


Session 437 Exclusive Access to Water Start-ups: Guided Tour of the Innovation Pavilion
Tuesday, September 30, 12:00 pm-12:30 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: I. Nguyen

Whether you are a municipality, manufacturer, investment professional, or engineer, this exclusive access will give an overview of the award-winning companies. Be on the cutting edge of technology development, learn new ideas, identify partner possibilities, and evaluate investment potential.

Session 438 Innovations in Monitoring presented by Imagine H2O
Tuesday, September 30, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator : S. Bryan

The Water Resources Utility of the Future will demand intensive automation, sensors, and data management. See entrepreneurial companies in the sensor and data management arena and then stay around to have your say with EPA as the Agency seeks comment on how to reduce costs and improve water monitoring techniques. Imagine H2O companies presenting are:

OndaVia (Hayward, CA) delivers a fast, laboratory accurate, microfluidics-based water analysis system that enables real-time, trace-level chemical analysis. Using Ondavia’s portable instrument and analyte-specific, consumable cartridges, users can measure water contaminants down to part-per-billion levels on-site, in under five minutes.

Wellntel (Shorewood, WI) A real-time understanding of well and surrounding water table dynamics provided through constant measuring and reporting of water levels on a private website or app.

BluCarbon (New York, NY) Complete water transparency through advanced microbial diagnostics and system visualization.

Session 439 Reducing Costs and Improving Techniques for Water Monitoring: The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Series
Tuesday, September 30, 1:30 pm-2:00 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: TBD

“Imagine collaborative monitoring efforts that provide low-cost, watershed-scale, real-time data on water quality and quantity that facilitate protection and wise use of our water resources!” Come to the session to give feedback to EPA on this area of the Water Technology Innovation Blueprint. This is your opportunity to have early input on behalf of the industry on this important topic.


Session 440 LIFT Technology Scan Round Robin
Tuesday, September 30, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: J. Moeller

The WEF-WERF LIFT program helps move innovation into practice. One component of the program is LIFT Technology Scans. Technology Scans identify and evaluate innovative technologies to inform water facility owners, funders, advisors, and end users and promote early adoption of technologies.

The LIFT Pilot Technology Scan received 28 applications from technology providers on innovative technologies that enhance digestion operations and/or thickening and dewatering operations. Expert panels reviewed applications and recommended technologies to advance to the next stage of the process – assessment by interested parties. In this stage, technology providers are invited to present to LIFT audiences to garner interest in early adoption of the technology or exploring these technologies further through a collaborative pilot or demonstration. This session will feature several technologies from the LIFT Technology Scan program.

Featured Technology Providers and Speakers:
Bob Dabkowski, Hach – Sludge Thickening and Dewatering Real Time Control
With the Hach real time control system, suspended solids concentrations and sludge flow values are used to calculate the optimum polymer feed for user entered solids set-point. Polymer feed is output for consistent thickening and dewatering results.

Hao Pham, Infilco Degremont Inc.- Dehydris Twist
The Dehydris™ Twist is an advanced dewatering technology designed to significantly improve sludge dryness at minimum operational cost and labor input.

George Smith, Evoqua Water Technologies – The Captivator System
The Captivator consists of a short aerated contact zone in front of a Folded-Flow™ DAF in which primary removal and sludge thickening are provided; up to 40% more BOD is removed and up to 40% more digester biogas is produced through use of this technology.

Session 448 LIFT Presents: Fostering Innovation Through Collaboration
Tuesday, September 30, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: J. Zuback

The water sector needs to innovate to continue to meet customer needs and comply with regulations. Technology is a key component of that innovation. Facility owners and their consultants, technology providers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists as well as regulators are all partners in bringing new technology to the water sector. All parties benefit when collaborating to foster innovation. A collaborative approach can help to secure the necessary investment, minimize the risk of failure, and achieve successful implementation.

How can you collaborate to help move innovation into practice? This panel discussion will highlight a variety of opportunities and mechanisms for collaboration on new technologies using real world examples ranging from utility data sharing, partnerships on co-digestion technology research, and new technology development. Ample opportunity will be provided for audience engagement and discussion.

Panelists:
Joseph Kozak, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, David Parry, CDM Smith, Ostara


Session 449 Johnson Foundation Charting New Waters
Tuesday, September 30, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: L. Broadus

Join The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread for a briefing and discussion of Charting New Waters – the Foundation's initiative to address U.S. freshwater challenges. This event will dig deep into the core aspects and opportunities for water resources management laid out in Charting New Waters' culminating report, Navigating to New Shores: Seizing the Future for U.S. Freshwater Resources. An expert panel of key partners will be on hand. The Foundation's recent examination of distributed water infrastructure will also be discussed.


Session 531 Operations Ingenuity Contest Winners
Wednesday, October 1, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: D. Houdeshell

Innovation is a way of thinking and doing that can help you to do more with less, with more efficiency. It isn’t limited to new companies, but is found every day in utilities and companies around the world in the guise of the operators. These plucky professionals have found solutions and made a difference in many different ways, and WEF is pleased to recognize them. WEF’s third annual Operations Ingenuity Contest finalists and winners will show their ingenious ideas and chat about how they came up with them.

Todd Boulden and Justin Myers, Maryland Environmental Service
Process Control Time Lord

Michael Carle, Town of Hampton WWTP
Wipe Defender and Time Turner

Walton J. Summers, Jacksonville Wastewater Utility
Inflow Fighter

Armin T. Borick, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (presented by Bonnie Jones)
Maintenance “Ugly Duckling”

Sam McAdoo, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
A Clever Release Valve and Blowing Off Gas

Jim McElvogue, City of Ames WPC Plant (presented by Joe Krebs)
Piping Around the Problem

Session 620 Sustainability and the Utility of the Future - Pulling It All Together: The EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint Series
Wednesday, October 1, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: TBD

During the week at WEFTEC, all ten market opportunities from the EPA Water Technology Innovation Blueprint have been discussed. This session will pull together the discussions, identify common themes, and start discussions on next steps for the water industry. If you haven’t had time to stop by some of the discussions, this is your chance to hear the summary and still provide ideas and input. Don’t miss it!

Session 621 Exclusive Access to Water Start-ups: Guided Tour of the Innovation Pavilion
Wednesday, October 1, 3:30 pm-4:00 pm, Innovation Pavilion, Booth 4029
Moderator: J. Guild

Whether you are a municipality, manufacturer, investment professional, or engineer, this exclusive access will give an overview of the award-winning companies. Be on the cutting edge of technology development, learn new ideas, identify partner possibilities, and evaluate investment potential.

 

 

Networking

Turn acquaintances into colleagues and expand your network. Networking receptions will be held Monday and Tuesday in the Innovation Pavilion. These can’t-be-missed gatherings help investors, strategic partners, entrepreneurs, and YOU make the connections that move the industry forward.

 

Reception

Monday, September 26, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Network with innovators from all parts of the water industry at this casual reception.
Sponsored by: Parsons Brinkerhoff
 

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread Charting New Waters Reception

Tuesday, September 30, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join our innovation partners, Imagine H2O and BlueTech Research, and our sponsor, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, in a networking reception where you can continue to turn your curiosity about innovation into knowledge and your contacts into connections. 

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread is building upon the rich collaboration and partnership that has characterized their Charting New Waters initiative since its inception. The current phase of work is focused on catalyzing the widespread adoption of more sustainable and resilient water infrastructure systems in the United States, including nutrient and energy recovery. By aiming to help local, state, and national leaders set a course for and navigate decisions regarding the conception, construction, financing, and management of water infrastructure, Charging New Waters’ ultimate goal is identify elements of a new paradigm for water infrastructure and the steps needed to transition to it.